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The Curse of Blasphemy in Islam (Grand Rapids)

September 24, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


NOTE: This lecture will be on THURSDAY due to the ArtPrize Exhibition Opening at Women’s City Club.

This lecture is part of Center for Inquiry’s Campaign for Free Expression and International Blasphemy Rights Day.

In this presentation on The Curse of Blasphemy in Islam Wissam Charafeddine will answer the questions: What constitutes blasphemy in Islam, and how does Shariah Law address it? How many of these blasphemy laws are adapted by Muslim countries, and how does various Muslim cultures respond to it? What are some of the reform movements against Blasphemy laws in Muslim countries? How thin can the line between blasphemy and apostasy be, and what are the consequences?

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Wissam Charafeddine

Founder, IRSHAD and Muslimish Support Network

Wissam Charafeddine, was born in United Arab Emirates from Lebanese parents. He attended the Islamic Hanbaly Educational Institute and graduated with a diploma in Islamic Shariah. After the first gulf war, His family immigrated to the U.S. and he became an American Citizen in 2004. He completed Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Liberal Studies from Henry Ford Community College, a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State, and a Masters in Software Engineering from University of Michigan Dearborn. During his academic studies, Wissam continued to study and give lectures on Islamic Shariah through distant-study programs with Hawzah of Ahlulbait in Qum, Iran, and with local scholars. Mr. Charafeddine was the founder of Halakat Imam AlBaqir, an Islamic Studies Institute in Dearborn where he taught, among other teachers, various topics in Islamic studies. He was a co-founder of the Muslim Scouts of Michigan, Islamic Monitor Action Network, Islamic Unity Magazine, and was a member of various organizations, among which were the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic House of Wisdom, and Amnesty International. Mr. Charafeddine co-founded IRSHAD (the Institute for Religious Studies, Humanities, and Dialogue) in 2005. IRSHAD is an organization that seeks free coexistence between human beings and the aspiration for building a better life centered around the well being of humanity. IRSHAD functions in its Islamic branch as a reform movement that calls for freedom of belief and expression, and a less literal interpretation of Quran. In 2008-2009, Mr. Charafeddine, while researching to write an article about Islam and Evolution, found new understanding of science, and adapted a new understanding of life based on it. The article was never finished, but a new intellectual journey started. Mr. Charafeddine co-founded Muslimish in 2012, which is an organization that seeks to create an environment for support and dialogue among exMuslims and questioning Muslims, and fight for the freedom of expression and against blasphemy laws in Islamic countries. Mr. Charafeddine works in the field of Educational administration, and he is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of W Distributions and First Wireless X. In his free time, he enjoys Sailing, Poetry, reading, music and traveling with his 2 daughters and son.